Sometimes I say that my tastes in games are too wide and strange to be condensed to a single genre or pithy phrase, but I take it all back. I just finished reading the newly-revealed Steam page for Rune Factory 3 Special (opens in new tab), which invites players to "farm, fight, and fall in love," and I now realise those three things are all I've ever wanted from videogames or, indeed, life itself.
It's technically a surprise that Rune Factory 3 Special—a remaster of the 2009 Nintendo DS game Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon—will release on PC. Up till today, Xseed has only discussed it as an upcoming release for the Nintendo Switch, but the publisher accompanied today's release date announcement with a link to wishlist the game on Steam, confirming a release on PC.
I say "technically" a surprise because we have Rune Factory 4 Special (opens in new tab) and Rune Factory 5 (opens in new tab) on PC already, and it'd be a weird swerve for Xseed to decide to arbitrarily withhold the third game's remaster from the platform. Regardless, it's good to get confirmation and a specific release date at the same time, and it's extra good to free any game from the shackles of aged console platforms.
If you aren't familiar with the Rune Factory games, they're a heady blend of farming, socialising, and more traditional action-RPG exploration, dungeon-crawling and questing. They're pretty popular, particularly in Japan (opens in new tab), and while the third game isn't quite as beloved as Rune Factory 4, Xseed promises to spruce it up with "improved visuals" and new features like "newlywed mode," adventures that unlock after you tie the knot with one of the game's 11 eligible bachelorettes. Which is honestly too many. Bachelorette inflation is killing videogames.
If that appeals, then you can check out Rune Factory 3 Special when it releases on Steam (opens in new tab) on September 5 this year.